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Box 3658,Regina 
Sask., Canada 




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" If I want economic change, it is because the present system protects 
and fosters a vast swarm of wasteful spenders, no better In their quality 
and much worse In their lazy pretentous traditions than the general run of 
mankind. If I am opposed to nationalism and war. It Is not merely because 
these things represent an Immense waste of energy, because they sustain a 
caste of blind discipline and loyalty and a paraphenalla of flags, uni¬ 
forms and parades that shelter a host of particularly mischievous, unin¬ 
telligent bullies and wasters; because they place our lives at the mercy 
of trained blockheads. Militarism and warfare are childish things, if they 
are not more horrible than anything childish can be. They must become 
things of the past. They must die. " 

- H.G. WELLS - 

page 2 

page 9 

page 2 

plus.. . 

defence appeals, women's 
and gay news, anti-nukes, 
books, and much morel 

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Committee Quits 

In October of last year a numoer of people In the 
Regina area met together to discuss the rising tide 
of political repression becoming evident in Canada. 
Repression in the form of increasing government 
interference in the lives of private citizens 
in terms of illegal activities of the RCMP, and the 
War Measures Act were the principle topics. The G.D. 
C. ( The General Defense Committee of the IWW ) par¬ 
ticipated in this first meeting of a coalition which 
later came to be known as " Operation Liberty Al¬ 
though we were not able to send representatives to 
all gatherings of OL,members of the GDC attempted to 
keep abreast on the activities and plans of the co¬ 
alition. Later, in concert with similiar OL groups 
across the country, the Regina branch set Nov. 17 as 
the date on which to hold a public forum on the is¬ 
sue of civil liberties and their defense. On the ev¬ 
ening of the general public meeting the approximate¬ 
ly 70 gathered at the Public Library in Regina were 
presented early in the course of the meeting with a 
document, a proposed statement of principles for the 
coalition. In later group discussions a GDC member 
was told that no one knew anything about this state¬ 
ment, or that it had even been authorized by the co¬ 
alition even as a proposal for ratification.The doc¬ 
ument in question was presented by an individual we 
recognized as a local 'leader* of the Maoist sect' In 
Struggle* .Although not as obscenely rhetorical as we 
have come to expect from marxist-leninis t groups, it 
was nevertheless not worth the paper it was printed 
on. And while the document as it stood was not dis¬ 
missed out of hand as the CDC would have liked, ob¬ 
viously some of our criticisms were shared by others 
at the meeting as amendments were proposed and pass¬ 
ed by a majority vote. The chairman of the meeting 
was asked to rewrite the declaration and resubmit it 
for final ratification by the coalition. About two 
and one half weeks later at the next meeting a revi¬ 
sed copy of the document was presented to those pre¬ 
sent. It was a definite improvement over the origin¬ 
al. e£.calling for specific improvements in the area 
of women's and gay rights, where the original made 
only ore nebulous reference to a " right to a pri¬ 
vate life." ( so is watching TV and smoking dope ) * 
For some strange reason the people present at 
the second gathering ( eight ) decided bv a majority 
vote to effectively veto the new amendments within 
the revised document leaving us with more or less a 
renash cf Nov. I7th's show. Principal opposition to 
the revised document again came from In Struggle wi¬ 
th support from the Revolutionary Workers' League (a 
Trotskvist group ). They argued that ail specif¬ 

ics should be removed from any general declaration-a 
new group coming into the coalition would pos¬ 
sibly demand changes in the declaration 2)ail speci¬ 
fic peeves, womens and gay rights, repressive lab¬ 
or legislation, were already included in a generali¬ 
zed fashion. The GDC replied that the new draft stat¬ 
ed the majority opinion of ten times the number that 
were now present ar.d should be respected. We furth¬ 
er noted that if the coalition wished to be serious 
in its bid to reach new people In the community then 
specific proposals and complaints should be includ¬ 
ed. The majority feLt otherwise but did agree that 
the second draft should be issued as representing "a 

★ The complete text of both documents Is available 

from Flashpoint. Both were far too long to reprint 

he re. 

clnt i - election 

/ THE FEDERAL ANTI-ELECTION ( A debate opener )_ 

by Ann Arcy 

In opening the debate we would like to give what 
is probably the most widely held opinio^ amongst an¬ 
archists in Saskatchewan on the present Canadian 

1) There is little or no difference between the 
two major parties, the liberals and the Conserve 
tives. Both are parties whose only goal is political 
power for their leaders and a conducive atmosphere 
for the benefit of business. 

2) The extreme right and the extreme Marxist left 
are both irrelevant in Canada. The ordinary person 
recognizes that a government of either sort would 
mean super exploitation and vast misery for the ma¬ 
jority of the working class and poor people.The one 
will never expand beyond its traditional lunatic 
fringe base while the other ha6 little chance of ap¬ 
pealing to more than a small section of " Intellect¬ 
uals on the way down ". 

3) The NDP is the most problematic of the Canadian 
parties. Libertarian socialists should recognize the 
fact that an NDP government has policies that are 
slightly more beneficial to low income people. This 
Is the reason why we have not decided to wage an an¬ 
ti-election campaign in the upcoming Sask. provinci¬ 
al elections where the opponents of the NDP are par¬ 
ticularly reactionary. 

In general, however, low income people must rea¬ 
lize that blanket support for the NDP is a very bad 
idea. Such support enables the NDP to travel 
rightwards while still maintaining their loyal work¬ 
ing class base. A successful boycott campaign in the 
federal elections would force the NDP to move left 
in order to attract back the support it had lost. 

In no case should libertarian socialists join or 
campaign for the NDP. Low income people should real¬ 
ize that the NDP can, at most, give them a few more 
dollars. No political party can fundamentally alter 
their life situation. No political party can bring 
socialism. The energies of Canada's libertarian soc¬ 
ialists should not be squandered on illusions. 


for the r\e\vs nobody else 
will tell von... 


Editorials .. 

Local News ( Sask area ) . 

Cay News. ...... .. 

Cartoons . . 

Canadian News ....... . 

International News .... . 

"Solidarity '* ( appeals ). 

"FLASH points 
...general information 

(books, events,contacts) . 


'"Science Shorts ".anti-nuclear 

page 2 
*’ 4-6 

'• 6 

'• 7 

“ 8.9 

"1G, 11 


FLASHPOINT is an independent libertarian socialist 
newsjournal. We are unaffiliated with any other po¬ 
litical organization and receive no grants or sub¬ 
sidies from any agency. Our survival depends on the 
generosity of our readers. 

FLASHPOINT is published on a monthly basis. On oc¬ 
casion we send out, ano will be sending out short 
bulletins and letters concerning events in the Sask. 
area it is felt would be of interest to our readers. 
We appreciate any written contributions. Signed ar¬ 
ticles express the viewpoint of the author and not 
necessarily that of the Flashpoint staff. 

FLASHPOINT hopes to serve as an outlet for new* re¬ 
leases from various '* peoples' " organizations. Any 
releases submitted will be edited only for brevity 
and clarity. Material will nor, be distorted. 

FLASHPOINT subscriptions are $4.00 for 24 issues for 
individuals and $10.00 for institutions. 

Operation Liberty... con 1 1 

shared feeling of the general meeting " of Nov.17th. 
A thin! revision would be drawn up to become the new 
statement of principles for Operation Liberty in P>e- 
g l na. 

We of the General Defense Committee consider the 
above action to have been not only undemocratic, but 
decidedly unrealistic. We therefore formally with¬ 
draw our support from the Operation Liberty group 
in Regina. It is unfortunate that this should l>e 
made necessary as the raison d'etre for such a group 
continues to exist. We Invite all those who see a 
need for a civil liberties defense coalition to con¬ 
tact us. Write to: Box 3658, Regina, Sask. S4P - 1NH 

Poetry Corner: 


Our Father ( of the Revolution ) who art in Pek¬ 

Hallowed be thev name, '* 

Thy kingdom shall come, thy will shall be done in 
Ottawa is it is in Moscow ( Feking, Havana -* pick 
your poison,sonny.) 

Give us this day our daily purge, but forgive us our 

And do noc denounce us to the secret police. For 
Thine is the kingdom, the power and the correct line 
Forever and ever ( or until the withering away of 
The State - which ever comes first. ) 



Now available are some anti-election materials in 
the form of: 

Bumper _Stickers - Don't give your power to the pol¬ 
iticians//ON’'T VOTE,Anarchist Croups in Canada ea.- 1C 
Cartcor Poster - ELECTION DON'T VOTE, It only en¬ 

courages them: . *a.-l0C 

Brochure - Why Anarchists Don't Vote....... n.* 5C 

.Buttons ... 2 5C/50C 

The aoove are available from: 

Edmonton Anarchists 
P.0. Box 2827 
Station "A" 

Edmonton, Alberta 

Anti-election campaign headquarters: 

10304 95th Street 
Edmonton, Alberta 

Contributions are being solicited for the campaign. If 
you would like to send money please make all cheques 
or money orders payable to "CASH". 

Sick Thorkilv * 


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Pol icemen’s 

( Regina ) Tnree city policemen charged Nov.22 
following a break-in within the city, entered not 
guilty pleas in city magistrates court to all charg¬ 
es and elected trial by magistrate. 

Charged are constables Leonard Pankiw, Kenneth 
John Walker, Ronald AlLan Hval, and Ronald William 

Leonard Pankiw faces four charges of breaking, 
entry and theft, four of possession of stolen prop¬ 
erty over 200 dollars, three of possession under 200 
dollars, and one of breaking, entering with intent 
to steal. Ronald Pankiw is charged with one count of 
breaking, entry and theft and one court of possess¬ 
ion of stoLen property. Kenneth Walker is charged 
with two counts of possession of a prohibited wea- 
pon, two counts of possession of stolen prooertv o- | 
ver 200, one of 5/E and theft and one count of B/E 
with intent. Hval is charged with B/E with intent a- 
nd one charge of possessing a prohibited weapon. 

Elsewhere on cne law and disorder scene a Regina 
resident known personally to members of the Flash¬ 
point staff, continues his legal battle with the Ci¬ 
ty of Regina. Be war attacked by a police dog be¬ 
ing at the time under the control of its handLer, in 
the front of the victim 1 a home. The plaintif is pre¬ 
sently suing the City ror damages. 




( Regina ) The federal Indian Affairs Department 
has foreclosed on a mortgage that It held from the 
Lac La Ronge Indian Band on the Warren’s Native 
Smokies Ltd. fish processing plant. The plant which 
was engaged in producing 1 quick snack * packages of 
smoked fish has been in financial difficulties for 
some time due to a lack of markets. The government, 
however, foreclosed at just the time that the market 
promised to open up. Lawyers for Warren Leinart,vith 
whom the Indian hand went Into partnership, have 
stated that the plant promises to be viable as early 
as next February. The Indian Affairs Department has 
so far not foreclosed on Mr. Leipart as It did on 
the Indian band. 

A L 

rial, Feb 5th 

Meanwhile In Saskatoon police officers have 
been involved in even more scandals than the Regina 
police. One Saskatoon policeman has been accused of 
attempted theft of a woman*s bicycle from fhe lost 
and found department. People familiar with police 
procedure know that it has long been a tradition 
for police to * rake off* certain items. The police¬ 
man in Question, however, had a partner who was new 
to the force, and he was reported to bis superior. 
The man involved was Dennis Hoehn, 31, a nine year 
veteran of the force. 

In another case a 19 year old Saskatoon man 
has pressed criminal charges in relation to a com¬ 
plaint that he was beaten by Saskatoon city police 
last year to the point of needing medical attention 
last year to the point of needing medical attention. 
The complainant, Trevor Howard, stated that he was 
kneed in the groin, struck in the face with a clos¬ 
ed fist, knocked to the ground, jumped on by sever¬ 
al police who ground nis face into the dirt and 
then then thrown into a paddvvagon with such force 
that he required several stitches to close a gasn a- 
bove his eye. A medical examination the next day 
verified that extensive physical harm had been done. 

Finally in the news a Saskatoon judge has de¬ 
cided that the provincial Ombudsman's Office does 
have the autnority to investigate tne Saskatoon Bo¬ 
ard of Police Commissioners. The 3o*rd had refused 
to allow an investigation to proceed concerning its 
handling of still another police brutality case in 
the city. 


< Regina ) Delegates from food coops in Regina, 
Saskatoon, Edmonton and Winnipeg met In Regina over 
the Thanksgiving weekend to solidify the activities 
of the Federation of Prairie Food Coops. The Feder¬ 
ation plans to become a federal cooperative associa¬ 
tion, and an interim board of directors made up of a 
delegate from each coop was appointed to further th¬ 
is aim. The. meeting also looked at a proposal to 
set up a * trucking group * to buy a truck that 
would be used to carry* grains, beans, and seed to 
the B.C. food coops and return with fruit and imoort 
items. A group was commissioned to do a feasibility 
study on this, and members present were optomlstlc 
that the service could be organized by late spring. 

The delegates present agreed to treat any member 
of any of the food coops in the federation as a full 
member of each coop. They also gave the federation a 
new name. The Federation of Prairie Food Coops, Ltd. 
- Prairie Fed. 


( Regina ) Mr. Greg Conner has won his Saskatch¬ 
ewan Labour Relations Board case against the Land- 
Mark Inn in Regina. Mr. Conner was awarded a cash 
settlement of about $2,000 and ordered reinstated. 
Conner was one of three people fired as the result 
of an attempt to organize a union at the Landmark 
last year. All three received similiar cash settle¬ 
ment, and, since they had all found other employment, 
none have returned to work at the Landmark. 

* » 

NDP convention 


( Regina ) Delegates to the Saskatchewan NDP con¬ 
vention, held in Regina on November 17 - 19 voted 
for a number of resolutions that, if they were im- 
pIlmented, would undoubtedly put Saskatchewan once 
more in che forefront of progress on the continent. 
As many libertarian socialists who have been NDP 
members in the past know, however, ” the policy of 
the party is pot necessarily that of the govern¬ 
ment. " 

The convention passed resolutions urging the 
government to promote cooperative farms more active¬ 
ly, tq move towards making vacant classrooms avail¬ 
able for daycare, to institute a Sill of Rights for 
patients and health professionals and that the gov¬ 
ernment set up an * environmental tax ’ on throw¬ 
away packages ( and introduce legislation to reduce 
packaging in general 5. The delegates also passed 
resolutions calling for increased funding of re¬ 
search into alternative energy sources for further 
grants to assist individuals willing to adopt energy 
saving methods. 

One of the issues that prompted the most debate 
was a resolution presented by the ridings of Regina 
Lakevlew, Regina Centre and Saskatoon Nutana which 
called for amendments to the human rights legisla¬ 
tion to prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, 
marital status or sexual orientation. Despite op¬ 
position from many members of the legislative caucus 
the resolution passed. The gay rights issue is one 
of che resolutions least likely to be acted upon. A 
gay rights motion was pasted by the party*s provinc¬ 
ial council several years ago, but the government 
refused to introduce any relevant legislation. 

One issue on which the party brass didn’t lose 
was uranium development.A resolution that called on 
the party to oppose the government’s decision to de¬ 
velop Saskatchewan uranium was defeated by a two to 
one majority. A demonstration outside the convention 
hall opposing the uranium development attracted only 
50 supporters, most of them non-delegates. This re¬ 
flects on the chronic crises of the anti-nuke 
movement in Sask. Many of its more active members 
are tied, in one wav or another, hand and foot to 
the NDP. 

Ail told it was the usual NDP convention. The 
party Is to the left of the government, but not re¬ 
markably so, and certainly not enough to think of 
formulating a serious challenge to the leadership. 
The reforms proposed would be very welcome, In the 
unlikely event that more then a few are enacted. It 
wouLd be truely wishful thinking, however, to imag¬ 
ine that they represent a step towards socialism,ho¬ 
wever one may define the word. 

another first... 


( Regina > Statistics Canada has reported what 
many Regina residents have suspected all along-Sask- 
atchewan leads the nation in terms of murders. The 
murder rate in Saskatchewan was A.? per 100,000 
population, almost double the national average of 
2.85. Regina’s fabled efficient police force bns ap¬ 
parently been too busy making late night visits to 
electronics stores to pay attention to such trivial 
matte rs. 


The President of the Canadian Union of Postal 
Workers (CUPW) spoke in Saskatoon in late November 
as part of his cross country tour to raise support 
for the embattled union. He told a crowd of about 
100 people gathered at the Saskatoon Union centre 
that ” we are going to have to fight and fight as 
never before He also said tnat " to fight at the 
polls is not enough ”, Throughout his talk Parrot 
slammed the leadership of the CLC, which had refus¬ 
ed to support CUPW, He also said that ” I don’t 
think th t the NDP is a labour party. I don’t think 
that the NDP represents workers in this country. 
There is no doubt in my mind, ** Parrot outlined a 
new program by which he hopes the postal workers 
can carry’ their message to the people. He said that 
the union *’ hopes to be at every political meeting 
and give 3upport to every other picket line ”. 

A collection was taken up for CUPW workers 
^charged. A resolution was 4 Iso passed unanimously 
by the people present condemning the CLC and the 
strikebreaking of the federal government and calling 
for the reinstatement of all workers disciplined 
for fighting for the right to strike, 

A similiar meeting held in Regina on November 29 
raised better then $400.00 in donations. 

“The biological action has digested your socks.” 


Five years after the highly toxic chemical poly- 
bnominated biphenyl ( PBS ) was accidently mixed in¬ 
to several hatches of cattle feed, medical workers 
have found that 90Z of the state's population of 9 
million have injested the chemical. The initial ac¬ 
cident occured in the spring of 1973 when Michigan 
Chemical Company sent a load of P33 in place of one 
of magnesium oxide, a common component of cattle fe¬ 
ed. It was later revealed that after the remains of 
the contaminated feed had been discovered and remov¬ 
ed more PSB was mixed into a different type of feed 
and was widely distributed. 

PB3 is closely related to PCS ( polychlorinated 
bupher.yl ), the chemical released several years ago 
from Pioneer Ltd. in Regina ( see elsewhere in this 
issue ). PCS is known to cause liver cancer, genetic 
carnage and reproductive failure. Hundreds of Michi¬ 
gan residents with high levels of PBS have reported 
a wide range of symptoms, ranging from neurological 
disorders to bone and skin diseases and liver dam¬ 


gay rights 

^ " The prairie gay movement is growing stronger in 
its struggle against sexism and right wing extrem¬ 
ism. _ 0 

One of the most successful groups In 1978 was 

Cay Information and Resources Calgary ( G,I*R.C. >. 
The organization provides ** information, counselling 
and anything else that will help gay people to know 
and accept themselves and help straight people ac¬ 
cept gays M . 

Occupying four busy offices at the °Y" in down¬ 
town Calgary the group works toward its ends by pub- 
* lishing a rather professional looking bimonthly pap¬ 
er with a readership of over 800. It also operates a 
busy phone line 6 days a week, provides speakers,or¬ 
ganizes demonstrations etc. Considerable effort has 
gone into building cooperation with other gay groups 
such as the Imperial Chinook Arch which tend to con¬ 
centrate on providing much needed social tunctions. 

Other groups working for the betterment of tne 
large gay community in the city include the orotest- 
ant Metropolitan Community Church, the Lesbian Cent¬ 
re, Front Runners ( a gay A.A. group >, Dignity ( a 
Roman Catholic group ) and the Gay Academic Union at 

The U of C campus. > 

The gay movement In Calgary, the less active 
movement in Edmonton and the fledgling movement in 
Red Deer face some extremely powerful and potential¬ 
ly dangerous opposition in their straggle against 
sexism and gAys* own lack of self acceptance. 

This summer a so called " Christian Liberation 
Croup ,f was founded in Alberta in connection with an 
Anita Bryant crusade in Edmonton. The group co¬ 
unts as one of its leaders the formidable Orvls 
Kennedy who as president of the dictatorial Social 
Credit League from the thirties to the seventies was 
the second most powerful man in Alberta, 

The Social Credit League remains very powerful 
and may gain strength as the Lougheed government 
continues to stumble. 

Ma^or Douglas the founder of Social Credit built 
the party in the 1930*s by appealing to anti-semitic 
sentiment. In the McCarthy era Premier Manning en¬ 
gaged in virulent red siting in a successful at¬ 
tempt to rally support and fend of a resurgent C.C. 
F. movement which was coming close to gaining power. 

It is more than likely that the recently adopted 
anti gay stance of Orvis Kennedy, national leader 
Lome Rezonowski. and former Socred leader Robert 
Thompson marks still another attempt to build the 
extreme right by appealing to hate and prejudice. 

Like the gsy movement of California which has 
manned the front line trenches against ultra right 
forces lead bv Senator Briggs, the Alberta gay comm¬ 
unity stands in the forefront of opposition to the 
' new right *. 

The leading gay rights group in Saskatchewan is 
the Saskatchewan Cay Coalition. 

The coalition places a special emphasis on serv¬ 
ing the needs of rural people by encouraging groups 
in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Kindersley, and Meadow 
Lake. Through its newsletter it keeps in contact 
with over 800 gays in 127 different communities a- 
round Saskatchewan. 

Other organizations in Saskatchewan include the 
U of S gay academic union, the Gay Community Centre 
and Crape Vine, a Jewish-Christian organization. 

At the present time the movement Is at a parti¬ 
cularly tow ebb in Regina. While a very elusive non¬ 
activist group does operate a discoteque there Is 
presently no organization provided for community de¬ 
velopment, consciousness raising counselling etc. 

Any one who can help should write to.* 

The Saskatchewan Gay Coalition 

Box 7508, Saskatoon 


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( Regina ) Employees at the Regina Pioneer Vil¬ 
lage, a Regina Senior Citizens 1 intensive care unit 
in part, have come up with a novel way to protest an 
absence of a contract for nine months and to shew 
support for their union. In the last week of Septem¬ 
ber the 325 members of the CUBE local Involved de¬ 
cided upon a*working occupation*. The workers came 
to their shifts as usual, but they refused to take 
any orders from supervisors unless they were direct¬ 
ed through the union shop stewards. They also donat¬ 
ed the one days pay earned during the * work-in* to¬ 
wards care of the 700 senior citizens in the Intens¬ 
ive care portion of Pioneer Village. Previously the 
workers conducted three one hour study sessions dur¬ 
ing which they held a bingo for residents of the 

A spokeswoman for the union mentioned that many 
union members felt that such working occupation were 
a means of putting pressure on the employers while 
avoiding the adverse public reaction that public ser¬ 
vice strikes often provoke. She also mentioned that 
the possibility was open of taking the strike one 
step further and locking out management and conduct¬ 
ing service without the supervisors. 

Flashpoint wishes to apologize for the oversight 
that kept this item out of the-previous issue, where 
it should have belonged. 

ANTI - ABORTIONISTS plan election strategy 

( Saskatoon ) The Saskatcnewan *Coalition for 
Life 1 set up plans for action during the 1979 fede¬ 
ral election at the annual meeting of the SCu, held 
here on Decemoer 9th. The Coalition plans to put two 
questions to all candidates in federal constituen¬ 
cies In Saskatchewan. The first involves whether the 
candidate would support a criminal code amendment to 
legally define foetuses as entitled to full civil 
rights. The second question asks whether tne candi¬ 
date would work towards stopping government funding 
of agency that engages in abortion referrals or cou¬ 
ncils women who wish to have an abortion. The coali¬ 
tion plans to publish the names of all candidates 
answering with an unqualified yes in newspaper ad¬ 
vertisements throughout the province. 

Other plans agreed at the meeting inciude wide¬ 
spread leaflet distribution, public meetings and a 
door to door canvas. Fro- choice supporters in Sask¬ 
atchewan appear to have no plans to counter the cam¬ 
paign of the anti-abortionists. 


The Saskatchewan Gay Rights Cpalltion has pre¬ 
pared a 46 page brief entitled " Lesbians and Gay 
Men: A Minority Without Rights " ter be presented to 
to all members of the Sask. legislature within the 
next month and a half. The coalition is asking also 
for letters to be written tn support of gay rights 
legislation in the province. The gays point out 
that. Renaissance Saskatchewan, the Christian evan¬ 
gelical group that sponsored Anita Bryant's visit to 
Moose Jaw last July, has begun a letter campaign ag¬ 
ainst gay rights to the press and government. The 
gays would like people to write letters in support 
of equal rights legislation to the Attomey-General, 
the Premier's office and local MLAs. Those who are 
afraid to sign their own names should point out the 
reason for this in their letter. 

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Demo attacked 

( Montreal ) On November 8th police attacked a 
peaceful ceroonstration protesting the appearance of 
the punk rock group ‘Battered Wives* at the Theatre 
St. Denis in Montreal. Thirty three woman ar.G 
twenty five men were arrested as demonstrators 
sitting on the sidewalk outside of the theatre, ano 
also fftany innocent passersby were kicked, beaten 
and thrown into a paddywagon. The demonstration was 
organized by * The Montreal Coalition des Femmes 
Centre la Violence/ It was supported by members of 
& musician's union, the women's group Plurielles 
and the gay bookstore Androgeny. The demonstrators 
pointed out that the group's name and their album 
cover ( showing a fist with lipstick prints inside a 
bleeding heart ) trivializes the issue of violence 
against women. 

In response to this, an earlier protest In 
Toronto and cancellation of a booking at Carlton 
University the group reluctantly changed their name 
to 'The Wives*. On November 23, however, the group 
announced that they had changed back to the origin¬ 
al name. 


( Edmonton, Winnipeg ) Women in two major Canad¬ 
ian cities in the prairies have taken to the street 
in the last few months to protest violence against 
women - particularly rape. On November 18 a march 
was held in Edmonton through %he 'skid row* part of 
the city, a particularly dangerous area for women. 
The march of about 200 women was organized by the 
Edmonton Womens* Coalition in direct response to 
a rape which occured in that city. An Edmonton 
woman had been raped and had spent 45 minutes 
searching for help after the attack. Her nose had 
also been broken. Cars passing in the street would¬ 
n't stop, apartment dwellers ignored her plight and 
three people passing on the street refused to help 

The five kilometer protest march occured with¬ 
out incident. It ended at the University of Alberta 
campus where a rally was held. The rally managed to 
raise $450 to defray expenses and to support the 
Edmonton Rape Crisis Centre. The Centre was unable 
to participate as in organization in the march due 
to its status as a registered charity. 

Elsewhere, In Winnipeg Manitoba, about 200 wo¬ 
men marched through the streets on the night of 
January 4 to protest the fear women have in going 
out alone at night. The amrch was organized by a 
group calling itself the Coalition Against Violence 
to Women. 


( Winnipeg ) A series of attacks on Winnipeg 
people who are, or were presumed to be, homosexual 
has given the Winnipeg gay community much cause for 
concern over the fall. On August 10 a man was a- 
ttacked and severely beaten, receiving a broken rib, 
two black eyes and several other bruises.In late Au¬ 
gust a woman had her house surrounded, and she was 
subject a d to a series of threats by the people gat ti¬ 
ered outside. Finally on September 28 a Winnipeg man 
died as a result of a severe beating incurred two 
weeks earlier, Several other attacks have occurred 
over the fall, and on Remembrance Day a vigil was 
held near the sight of many of the attacks. 


( Montreal ) In the wake of the refusal of the 
federal government to allow a Quebec provincial in¬ 
cut rv into events of October 1970 to proceed several 
ex-members of the FLQ cells allegedly involved in 
the kidnapping of British High Commissioner James 
Cross have returned to Canada to stand trial. The 
speculation is that the ex-FLQers will attempt to 
use their trial to bring the truth of the events to 
light, thus bypassing the federal injunction on the 
Quebec inquiry. 

Central in the case is the presence of the 'six¬ 
th man * in the cell involved in the Cross kidnapp¬ 
ing. Former RCMP officer Donald McLeery has already 
revealed that he informed Jasques Cassette- Trudel, 
now returned to Canada from France that a sixth 
member of their cell was a *' police informer Mc¬ 
Leery has, however, stated that this statement was 
merely a device of entrapment. What is left unan¬ 
swered is why, if this was so, the ' sixth man • was 
never arrested. Newspaper reporters from the Toronto 
Star were able to trace the man, now teaching in a 
Montreal suburb. To this date no 



Union membership in Canada has shown a net in¬ 
crease for the past two years despite economic re¬ 
straints. According to a recent federal government 
study 233,000 more people joined unions in 1976 and 
1977 then dropped out. The Financial Times comment¬ 
ed , 

" Historically workers join unions in the great¬ 
est numbers when times are good. They see how much 
new monev management is passing out to labor and 
trade their reservations about unions for a share of 
It. Conversely, they keep their distance when the 
econonv is sluggish or as in the 1930s,when there is 
simply no new money to be had. " 

Union membership in the country now totals 3.3 
million individuals, about 39% of the labor force. 
Strongest gains were made in the areas of community 
services, trades and utilities, while loses were ex¬ 
perienced in some of the traditional strongholds e£. 

■ mining, construction, transport, and the public ser¬ 
vice. Noteworthy is the increase in the number and 
percentage of women presently organized. From 1967 
to 1974 this figure rose from 407,000 to 677,000,an 
increase of 667. wnile the actual number of femaLe 
employees rose in total only 44%. 

Could it be that money matters are not as impor¬ 
tant as they used to be? 



T h e Re t u r ri o i 

A court action iyy several reiigloua groups, in¬ 
cluding the Knight* of leoituBhua, the Quebec Associa¬ 
tion of Catholic Parents and the Young Canadian* for 
a Christian Civilisation, ha* resulted in an order 
for the nsaovai off the book version of a eontrovers- 
lftl L ea Fee* Oct S o if ( The Fair la* are Thirs¬ 
ty ) fro® all Quebec bookstores. The ordar was hand¬ 
ed down on Monday, Dec. 4 and bans sale of the book 
until Dec. 14. Opponents of the book are planning to 
use the ti»e to prepare a case for an extension of 
the injunction, baaed upon an aiaost forgotten arti¬ 
cle of the criminal code against * Blatphcaou* lib¬ 
el # . 

Lawyers representing the book's author and the 
producers of the play were not informed of the nat¬ 
ure of the injunction until they were presented with 

the Middle ‘Ages? 

it in the courtroos. The author, Denise Boucher, 
presents the view that the Roaar. Catholic Church ha* 
condoned rape, prostitution, and incest,and has col¬ 
laborated In holding venter? as political prisoners. 
Cert*in groups obviously wish to ace these' Militant* 
ly feminist view* silenced. The production in quest¬ 
ion centres on three characters: a whore,a housewife 
and the Virgin Mery. 

Flashpoint hopes that civil liberty group* and 
secularist organisation* will give this matter as 
ouch attention as the » Gay tfe *s * trial in England 
la receiving. tf« hope to obtain copies of friend 
Boucher*g book and distribute it should the state 
and religious fanatic* succeed in their attempt to 
silence ner on the saalnstraass newsstand*. 

( Winnipeg ) Revenue Canada has returned $32,000 
it seized November 27 in an action against anti- 
abortion campaigner Joe Borowski ( see last issue of 
the Flashpoint ), Borowski has refused to file in¬ 
come tax returns since 1973 to protest what he 
believes is federal governstent support for abortion 
in Canada. Borowski reportedly owes $ 21,000 in back 
taxes. The money seized canve from a fund begun in 
September wnen the * Alliance Against Abortion * 
ULeu a lawsuit in Regina challenging the govern¬ 
ment's abortion law. By early Deceraoer the fund had 
grown close to $50,000, $15,000 of which had 

een paid to Regina lawyer Morris Shumiatchcr to 
handle the case. Revenue Canada acted to seize the 
remainder because Sorowski is the president of 
the Alliance and a cosigner for that group’s funds. 
iue government backed down when he threatened to lay 
charges of theft. 

One final question - do you think chat you 
could get away with refusing to pay income tax from 
1973 on? 

( 0ak 3a >’» Ncw Brunswick ) A lawver for New 
Brunswick farmer Williams Bridges of Oak Bay has an¬ 
nounce!) that the appeal period has expired without 
any cnelienge from Statistics Canada over a New 
Brunswick provincial court ruling that savj the i9*V> 
census was conducted Illegally. Mr. Bridges has been 
charged with failing to fill m the census forme.The 
results of this court decision mean that the govern¬ 
ment ruling that refusal to fill m the census form 
was a crime has beer; overturned. 


( Edmonson ) A four voman union, members of loc- 
nl 691 of the Office and Professional Employees In¬ 
ternational Union have won a seven dav strike again¬ 
st their employer. Local 132*> of che carpenters* un¬ 
ion. The strike was over the issue of input by the 
.our women into a plan for a registered retirement 
savings plan. Union president Carol Holmes express¬ 
ed disappointment, that the carpenters union ‘doesn’t 
practice what it preaches '*, Officials of the car¬ 
penters* union crossed picket lines even though oth¬ 
er unions in the building closed offices during the 

1 ou asked os to build a computer which could 
replace the government." 


< Ottawa ) A federal report on the economics of 
farming in Canada, released in late October, has 
confirmed what manv farmers have suspected was true 
The report revealed that machinery prices increas¬ 
ed an average of 3.H>. , year from 1952 to !<W „hu c 
prices for farm products increased only 2.77. a year. 

Farmers t0 th ® ninch annual National 
xi , 1 wildly applauded a motion callinc on 
-rtme^inister Trudeau to appoint transport minister 
Otto .ang to the senate and then to abolish the . 

'-ies '°es e le!‘ an * h * d l ° ns beeR un P°Pu i af on the'prai- 
aes, espaciaily during the time he was responsible 
for government agriculture policy. The ootl^ ' *** 
w..hd.awr., but che point was made. 





( Madrid ) tfhile the Spanish government of Adol¬ 
fo Suarez may be pleased with the 9GX Wes* vote in 
the referendum held on the new Spanish constitution 
in December, it is not pleased with the high level 
of abstention - almost 40%,The new constitution was 
supported by all of Spain’s major political parties, 
from the Onion of the Democratic Centre on the Right 
to the communists on the Left. Only the fascists and 
the miniscule Marxist sectules of Maoists and Trot- 
skyites called for a 'no’vote. While the referendum 
revealed, to the government's relief, the pitiable 
state of the fascist right and Marxist left it also 
revealed the popularity of the only two political 
forces that called for abstention - The Basque sep¬ 
aratists and the anarcho-syndicalist CttT. 

The ’yes* vote also revealed the weakness of the 
traditional hold of the Catholic Church on Spain.The 
new constitution had been denounced by the cardinal 
prira&te of Spain and nine bishops as “agnostic".They 
urged the 1 faithful * to vote • no *. 


( Madrid, Spain ) The perteanent military court 
^ 3 of Madrid has taken up legal proceedings against 
the Spanish anarchist/ecology magazine Btcjcleta .The 
charge is that the magazine published an anti-mili¬ 
tarist declaration by a war resistor which allegedly 
insulted the armed forces ”, 


The Bulgarian anarchist Christo Jordanov Koiev 
has been re-exited to internal banishment In Balvan 
a fvsall village in Bulgaria, Koiev was apparently 
exiled because of hit human right* activities In So¬ 
fia, the capital of Bulgaria, where dissidents were 
involved in a wore radical struggle for human 
rights, Kolev has been involved for decades irs the 
Bulgarian CNfT ( & Bulgarian anareho-syndic*list un- 



( Seabrook, N.H, ) The Seabrook nuclear power 
plant, long a symbol for the anti-nuclear movement 
In the US, may never be built. The president of the 
Public Service Corporation of New Hampshire ( PSNH ) 
has stated that the project ” faces the possibility 
of being closed down ” - for good. The reason cit¬ 
ed as a lack of funds. A law that allowed the state 
to pay for construction under progress by raising u- 
tility costs was struck down recently. The credit 
of the company has also reportedly been poor, and It 
is probable chat creditors will refuse to extend any 
more when the current line runs out in January. The 
Seabrook project has been under construction for 
a full seven years, and construction price tags on 
the project have doubled in that time. Estimates are 
that the PSNH would have to triple its rates to pay 
a $1,2 billion share of the plant’s costs, and New 
Hampshire rates are already among the five highest 
in the US. 


The November round of balloting In the US re¬ 
sulted In an Impressive array of victories for the 
proponents of the * tax revolt ». Of the two differ¬ 
ent tax measures on the ballot the more * moderate * 
tax- 1 Imitat Ion schemes put forward by the big bus¬ 
iness oriented National Tax Limitation Committee did 
better than the ’ tax-slashing * Proposition 13 look 
a likes sponsored by the right wing small business 
interests. Tax limitation proposals won by large 
margin* in Texas, Arizona, and Hawaii. They were de¬ 
feated in Colorado. Tax slashing proposals carried 
in Idaho and Nevada but lost in Oregon. In Michigan 
both propositions were on the ballot. The more ’mod¬ 
erate • proposal won. 


(Ifcking,China /a here's going to be some fast raumbl- 
i ng f rotr. the Maoists on this one. Outs coring their 
rivals in the soft drink business Coca-ColaLimited 
announced in late December that it would aod the Pe¬ 
oples’ Republic of China to the list of 135 nations 
where Coke is being sold.Coke will have exclusive 
distribution rights for all cola drinks in China, an 
obvious one up on Pepsi, which acquiree the rights 
tor distribution in the Soviet Union in 1974.Distri¬ 
bution of Coca-Cola has begun in Shanghai, Peking, 
Hangchow, and Kvangehov... Tnere are plans to con¬ 
struct a bottling plant in Shanghai by tne end of 


( Seme, Switzerland ) An alliance of left-wing¬ 
ers and conservative minded localists have defeated 
a December 3 referendum that proposed the formation 
of a 1,200 member federal police force, of which 200 
vere to be included in an • anti-terrorist ’ squad. 
The proposal was defeated by a margin of 9-7. Left 
wing moderates feared that the proposed force would 
be used more against anti-nuclear activists than a- 
gainst terrorists. The conservatives oppose any in¬ 
crease in federal powers. 


1 N T 



courtesy of Yipster Tiroes 
( Iowa City ) Federal agents Investigating the 
firebombing of Iowa City*s Emma Goldman Abortion 
Clinic are attempting to pin the blame on Iowa City 
Yipple organizer Steve Wilson.The government claims 
that the clinic ** had themselves torched to ga¬ 
ther sympathy**. Wilson was subpoenaed to appear 
before a federal Grand Jury in Des Moines* Iowa, but 
he refused to testify in closed session, offering to 
answer any questions the Grand Jury might have 
in public. The subpoena was dropped, but federal 
agents began a campaign of harrassment against 
Wilson. Agents refused to Investigate local "pro¬ 
lifers '* despite the fact that arson against abort¬ 
ion clinics in the American Midwest lias almost be¬ 
come a f fad * in recent years. None of the arsons 

< Athens, Greece ) Greek anarchist Nlkos Bali* 
has been sentenced to 13 months imprisonment for 
•incitement to disaffection *. The charges arise 
from an article published in a magazine Ealis was 
editing at the time of the Turkish Invasion of Cy¬ 
prus. He protested against the preparations for war 
against Turkey and urges Greek soldiers to desert. 


( Flint, Michigan ) Teamsters for a Democratic 
Union ( TDU ) made impressive gain* when their slate 
swept every incumbent from office In Local 332 elec¬ 
tions in November. The Flint, Michigan local includ¬ 
es 4,000 members. The victory came on the heels of 
the election of a 7DJ member to the presidency of 
the 7,000 member Oklahoma City local in October el¬ 
ections. Both TDU and PROD, another rank and file 
group are working towards the upcoming Teamsters* 
national convention. 

Meanwhile in New York City, Local 584 of the 
Teamsters voted out-the third vice president of the 
union, Joseph Trerbtola, as the trustee. Dissidents 
also ousted Che nihe other local officers. 

sect charged 


( Pasedena, California ) A Supreme Court judge 
has appointed a receiver for the property of the 
Worldwide Church of God. The church, whose bead- 
quarters are located In this city,Is best known for 
Its magazine - the Plain Truth. One of its leaders. 
Garner Ted Armstrong, has also become known for his 
radio program - The Wonderful World of Tomorrow - In 
which he attempts such miracles as disproving the 
theory of evolution. 

A suit filed by the US attorney general and 6 
longtime members of the church accused church lead¬ 
ers Herbert Armstrong and Stanley Rader of siphon¬ 
ing off church assets "for their own use and benefit 
on a massive scale, amounting to several million 
dollars a year." 



( San Francisco ) The Japanese-Aroertcan Citi¬ 
zens 1 League is asking the United States Congress to 
pay 3 billion dollars in compensation to the surviv¬ 
ing remnant of the 12,000 people of Japanese ances¬ 
try imprisoned in US concentration camps during the 
second world war. Officials of the League state 
chat their purpose is more educational than rrtonetary 
and that the figure of $3 billion was chosen " to 
raise a few eyebrows ". The Federal Reserve Bank in 
San Francisco has estimated that the Japanese impri¬ 
soned lost more than $ 400 million in 1942 dollars. 


( Philadelphia, Penn ) A group of feminists in 
Philadelphia has struck on & novel way to warn women 
of dangerous places in that city. Armed with red 
paint and stencils the anonymous group known only as 
SOS - Save Our Sisters has been painting every loc¬ 
ation in the city where a rape occurred. - quite 
a few as close to 1500 reported cases of rape occur 
in the area each year. An anonymous SOS spokeswoman 
said that each sign marked the sight of at least one 
rape and that several locations were the scene of 
manv rapes, attacks or muggings. The city of Philad¬ 
elphia predictably overreacted to the implication# 
that it was unable to protect its citizens. Many of 
the signs were quickly removed, some reportedly with 
a jackhammer. Pity that such efforts couldn't be put 
to rape prevention. 


( Washington, DC > The North American Soccer 
Players* Association has threatened a strike next 
spring if the club owners refuse to recognize the 
association as the legitimate bargaining agent for 
United States soccer players. Club owners have de¬ 
fied a National Labour Relations Board order certi¬ 
fying the NASPA as the agent for the players, 93% 
of whom have signed cards Authorizing the Associat¬ 
ion to bargain in their name. United States soccer 
has become increasingly popular in recent years and 
now competes with such established sports as hockey, 
baseball, and football in terms of game attendance. 
Unionization has lagged behind ocher sports until 
the drive by NASPA. 




Members of the Boulder Anarchist Group are con¬ 
tinuing their legal fight with officials of the Uni¬ 
versity of Colorado after the anarchists attempted 
to disrupt a convention of che National Student As¬ 
sociation/National Student Lobby held In Boulder 
last August- One member of the group, Laura Tisoncik 
has been charged with " Disrupting Lawful Assembly," 
a misdemeanor under Colorado law. The charge cLaims 
that she xeroxed false notices of agenda changes at 
the convention. The NSA/NSL is an organization of U. 
S. student governments which has in the past, at 
least, received funding from the C.l.A. ( serious¬ 
ly ). Immediately after said charges were laid, the 
University Discipline Committee asked Tisoncik to 
voluntarily appear before them to explain her 
actions. If she did not they assured her, the com¬ 
mittee would see that she was expelled from the Uni¬ 
versity and they would do their best to prevent her 
admittance at any other university. 

The reason for the witchunt against Tisoncik 
lies in the fact that she has been one of the most 
vocal anti-authoritarian organizers in Boulder over 
the last several years. There were several attempts 
to expall her from CU while she was & student for 
»• disruptive activity " ( political cartooning and 
leaflet distribution ), all of which failed. The Un¬ 
iversity discipline committee tried to have It en¬ 
tered into her permanent record that she Is a les¬ 
bian activist as supposed evidence of criminal acti¬ 
vity.The president of the University, Roland Rauten- 
straus, once personally ordered an investigation In¬ 
to her activities in order to find some grounds for 
explosion. ( Flashpoint 1 * own opinion here Is this 
sad affair clearly illustrates the importance of 
student governments In the university 1 ®, any univer¬ 
sity's scheme of things, and is one more reason to 
do away with these junior mafioso-in-training. ) 

Some of the •evidence' presented by the univer¬ 

sity against Tisoncik included claims that she has 
bean in paychiatric institutions since the age of lb 
and has been labelled " schizophrenic This has 
never happened. She is considered 'dangerous*by the 
police even though she has arthritis and carries a 
cane. Meanwhile the discipline committee admits she 
did not xerox the agenda sheets, but knew who did 
and failed to turn them over to the police.Therefore 
she is part of a conspiracy. The University discip¬ 
line committee decided in closed session chat Tis- 
conclk would be suspended for one year even chough 
she is*not a student and must undergo psychiatric 
treatment before being allowed to return to the un¬ 
iversity. ( A note just received states the prose¬ 
cutor's chief witness wants to change her story and 
go over to the defense. ) The Boulder anarchists are 
appealing the decision of the university and are 
asking for support both financial to defray legal 
costs and morally in the fora of letters condemning 
the university's actions. Money should be sent to: 

Douglas Stickler 

Box 229 

Lyons, CO 30540 


There has been some recent developments in the 
case oi lhe six anarchists in England charged with 
conspiracy to cause explosions. Iris Mills and Trev¬ 
or Dawton are now out on bail, the charge of cons¬ 
piracy have been dropped against all six defendents, 
but has been replaced with with charges of robbery. 

dan i ty 

Letters condemning the committee's actions can be 
sent to: 

Edward Mayo 

Office of Student Conduct and Standards 
Administration Annex 
Eoulder, CO 30309 


Roland Rautenstraus 
President's Office 
University of Colorado 
Boulder, CO 80309 

BAG's address is: 

Boulder Anarchist Group 
1416 Suelid #2 
Boulder, CO 80302 


( Sudbury ) Local 6500 of the United Steel Work¬ 
ers has been on strike here since last September. 
Key issues in the strike are wages ( the company has 
offered only a 4C an hour raise ), a demand by Inco 
to have the power of shop stewards reduced and the 
plans of Inco to lay off massive numbers of workers. 
In 1971 Inco employed 18,700 in Sudbury. Today the 
number of employees stands at 11,700, and inco has 
plans for further reductions. This is possible be¬ 
cause the company has used windfall profits from 
their Canadian operations to build new plants in 
Guatamala and Indonesia, areas of far lower labour 
costs. The new plants were built, however, at the 
time when the world demand for nickel was falling, 
and Inco was forced to cut back production some¬ 
where. That somewhere was Canada. % 

Support for the strike has been forthcoming 
from union locals across the country and even in 
the States. Local support in Sudbury bat been even 
stronger. A 15 member local committee has bean for¬ 
med to coordinate financial and morel support for 
the strikers. They publish a bulletin ' Strike 
Support News ' ( c/o Local 6500 USWA, 92 Frood Rd«, 
Sudbury, Ontario ). A newly formed group called 
• Wives Supporting the Strike ' has been organiz¬ 
ing babysitting and food cooperatives and arranging 
car pools to take some of the financial pressure off 
striking families. Despite the support received the 
strikers are still in bad financial straights. The 
International pays only 30 dollars a week in strike 
pay. All donations would be greatly appreciated and 
can be sent to the address above. 





( Bilbao, Spain ) A few isonths ago the anarcho- 
eo^uniat Basque group Askatasuna we* the vtctis of 
a terrorist attack on chair bookstore and prtntshop* 
The attack followed a series of threat* swtds against 
the group and Basque nssber* of the CNT. The attack 
took place daring a fiesta held to coeseessorata the 
desire for Basque independence from Madrid. The AAA, 

1 Anticonmniat Apostolic Alliance *, a fascist g- 
roup respnsible for a terrorist attack on the fi¬ 
esta which killed one person and injured eight was 
believed responsible for the attack. The next com¬ 
ing & march planned as part of the fiesta was di¬ 
verted to as to pass the bookstore in a show of sol¬ 

Member* of the Aakacasyna group are appealing 
for help in rebuilding their shop. Donations should 
be sent to Agkat&ftuna, Apart&do da Corraso, No. 1682 
Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain. 

Bruce the Barbarian 



«S£ k_ 

LW-A68UT ftSO 

( Detroit, Michigan ) Workers at the University 
of Michigan Cellar Bookstore in Detroit.Michigan row 
have a majority signed up in the IWV, the Industrial 
Workers of the World. The 80 person workforce is now 
bargaining for not only union recognition also for * 
issue* of self-management and equ&lizatfbr. of wages 
at the shop. Donations to the drive can be sent to 
Detroit/Ann Ar&or IWW, 2305 West Jeffarson.Trenton, 
Michigan 48183, USA. 


New Zealand feminists are appealing to their 
sisters and brothers across the world for aid in 
their campaign to have a new tightly restrictive an¬ 
ti-abortion law repealed. The nev law refuses to 
grant abortions even if there is a risk of serious 
mental or phsical handicap in the foetus, if there 
is a danger to the life or health of the mother that 
can M be averted ( possibly ) by other means "or if 
the mother is to be is incapable of supporting the 
child. The originators of the appeal are asking all 
pro-choice supporters to send letters to: 

Prime Minister ttultioon 
Parliament Buildings 
Wellington, New Zealand 

I Hate Advice 


( San Francisco ) Workers at the Campbells Pac¬ 
ific Mushroom Plant in California are calling for a 
boycott against all Campbells products Including 
Campbells soup and various CampbeLls juices. The 
workers at the plant, represented by the United Farm 
Workers ( UFW ), have been on strike since August. 
Workers are demanding, in addition to wage increases 
an end to verbal and physical harassment at • camps 
where they are forced to live while working for 
the company. Maternity benefits and different pens¬ 
ion plans are also at stake in the strike. Flashpoi¬ 
nt calls on all its readers to BOYCOTT CAMPBELLS. 


( San Francisco )Sid Walsh of the American Ind¬ 
ian Movement (AIM) was convicted In 1976 of "posses¬ 
sing an explosive device *• which was never produced 
in court.The police claimed that they had ‘lost 1 it. 
Walsh was sentenced to five years in prison. His tie- 
fence committee continues to ask for donations to¬ 
wards legal costs incurred in his defence and for 
publicity to make the case more widely known. Donat¬ 
ions can he sent to the Sid Walsh Defence Fund, c/o 
AIM, 225 Valencia 3t., San Francisco, Cal. 94110, IJS 



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Letters : 

How Do We Do It?- THE GREAT MYSTERY Solved. 


Thanks for the recent issue of the lib¬ 
ertarian Socla Ust/Fiashpolnt you sent me, the qual»* 
Ity is excellent and getting better all the time.Its 
great that you have access to a typewriter that can 
print In small type print, since you can pack a lot 
of Info in your mag at low cost. 

Fraternal Greetings 

Houston, Texas 

* JIt* r • n. » IOI 

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been using standard size typewriters. The finished 
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" lnKt ' lnt Print '• shop at $ 0.20 per copy. Pasta-ups 
are made up from these and a stencil is cut for the 
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j fog , - * The Birch Bark Ai l lance • - "Ontario's voi¬ 
ce of Nuclear Concern 14 - timely, well written. 

Write to: OPIRC - Peterborough 
c/o Trent University, 

Peterborough, Ontario 
K9J - 7B8 


A prisoner in the US is looking for a female 
penpal. He's been in Jail for eight years and will 
be released in about four months.No specifics wore 
given us in terms of age etc. His name is: 

Donald Hunter 
P.O. Box 1000 
Oxford, Wisconsin 
53952, USA 

ed.-To anyone who asked for a mention in Fiasn- 
poinl and va* not included, our apologies. Please 
write again and we'll be sure to get you into 
the next issue. 




Almost two decades Ago a storage facility In 
centra! Russia exploded, spewing radioactive wastes 
over An area of hundreds of square miles. This was 
not a nuclear explosion; it was most likely the re¬ 
sult of a buildup of pressurized gases. It has only 
been in recent years chat Soviet dissidents now res¬ 
ident In the West have begun to release news of this 

Hundreds,perhap« thousands, were killed. The ex¬ 
act death toil and property destruction that result¬ 
ed are, of course, Russian state secrets. Yet even 
today one may drive past the security cordon in Rus¬ 
sia and see nothing but miles and miles of empty de¬ 
vastation. Full details of what Is known in the West 
about the accident can be found in Deck issues 
( late *77 - *78 ) of Science Magazine ( the Journal 
of the American Association for the Advancement of 
Science. ) Think. It could happen in Saskatchewan. 

Science shorts 


( Washington, DC ) Insomniacs who attempt to 
solve their problems through the use of many of the 
commercial * sleeping pills * may suffer a * rebound 
effect • of sleeplessness far greater th^n the ori¬ 
ginal problem should they discontinue use of the 
drugs. The authors of the report on the phenomena*# 
published in the September 15 issue * Science’compare 
the effect to the rebound anxiety often experienced 
with discontinuation of tranquilizer use. 


A computer centred device developed in England 
could allow deaf people to obtain an instant written 
transcript of spoken word* via * television screen 
readout. The system ie an electronic extension of 
the Falantype shorthand a* used by court secretar¬ 
ies. *ith a memory of 75,000 words available,the op¬ 
erator may convert spoken language into video at 
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this city convictec Daniel Ells berg and rune others 
trespassing at tne Rocky Flats nuclear weapons 
plant. Tne ten had been arrested for blocking rail¬ 
way tracks to the plant last may. The Rockv Flats 
plan. is the location of manufacture of the pluto¬ 
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has rejected demands from Atomic Energy of Canada 
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No Act of God * from circulation.The AEC began its 
campaign against the film last spring. The film not 
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( Toronto ) Former pro-communist student agitat¬ 
or Doan Van Toai delivered a manifesto signed by 69 
Vietnamese political prisoners to a news conference 
held November 27. The manifesto, signed by many 
individuals formerly active against. OS supported 
South Vietnam, told of concentration camps holding 
up to 800,000 people in the new •liberated 9 Vietnam 
Mr. Van Toat himself spent 28 months chained to a 
wail in one Vietnamese prison. 


< Lisbon, Portugal > The Vatican 1 * support for 
the Somozoa regime in Nicaragua was termed M opport¬ 
unistic and hypocritical by Nicaraguan poet and 
priest*Eroesto Cardinal, speaking In Lisbon, lie said 
that Pope Paul VI had sent a blessing to Somoza and 
the Vatican’s envoy drank a toast to the dictator 
while government planes were bombing the city of 


for almost a year now the Center for Social his¬ 
torical Documentdtion has been operating a library 
of and for the libertarian movement in 2>pain. Locat¬ 
ed in Barcelona the CDHS is asking for contributions 
ot’ books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, mags, journ¬ 
als, papers* any and all prinLed matter connected 
with the international libertarian movement. Their 
addless: E.N. 

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Barcelona, Spain 

Also ir» Montreal, Canada there is a similiar croup. 
Write to: Centre Diffusion Libert a i re 
3S24 St Denis 

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Nearly 100 Hutterite colonies in Alberta and Sa¬ 
skatchewan have lost their federal court case in 
which they sought to justify not paying federal in¬ 
come tax. The pacifist Hutterite sect which emi¬ 
grated from Russia to Canada in tne early 20th cen¬ 
tury refuses to pay income tax*t monies 
are spent on the military. Only the Darious - Leut 
Conference of the Hutterite Brethren refuse, to pay 
income tax. The Lehrer-Leut and Schmeid-Leut coloni¬ 
es have been paying the tax since 1968. A spokesman 
from the Hodgevillc- colony near Swift Current, Sask¬ 
atchewan stated that the Huttorites pLanned to take 
the case to the Supreme Court. 


( Fort Ouappelle, Sask ) Participants in the 
Practical Alternatives to Chemicals in Agriculture 
Conference, held here on Oct. 30 -31 heard a discus¬ 
sion that concentrated on positive alternatives rat¬ 
her than simply list the negative results of chemi¬ 
cal fertilizers. Alternatives that were discussed 
included crop rotation, the growing of nitrogen fix¬ 
ing crops, use of plant and animal .matter than chem¬ 
ical fertilizer and the use of * natural * herbicid¬ 
es, pesticides and fertilizers. It was felt that 
a transition to organic methods of agriculture would 
involve a reduction of export capacity of Saskatch¬ 
ewan as much land presently used for cereal crops 
would nave to be converted to forage use for the 
production of * green fertilizer *. It was suggested 
that the labour intensive methods of organic farming 
would work towards easing Canada’s unemployment 

Sponsors of this conference included the Earth- 
care Group, Saskatchewan Agriculture, Sask. Environ¬ 
ment, Saskatoon Environmental Society, the Universi¬ 
ty or Regina Extension Department,the National Farm¬ 
ers* Union and Agriculture Canada. Farmers who were 
actually using non-chemical farming methods relayed 
their experience to the people present, and many of 
these found these events were the most useful se¬ 
ssions. There was dissatisfaction amongst some part¬ 
icipants however over an excess of 11 mysticism and 
religion ** on the part of some advocates of organic 
farming. One participant summed up this feeling when 
he said that M it disturbs me when people operate on 
blind faith rather than facts 


nis party was the Brotherhood of Brothers, 
and there were more of them then of the others. 
T;*at is, they constituted that minority 
which formed tne greater part of the majority 
witnin ti*e party, he was of the faction 
that was supported by the greater fraction. 
And in eacn group, within each group, he sought 
tne group that couIg command the roost support. 
Tr.e final group had finally elected 

& triumvirate whom they all respected. 
Nov of these three, two had the final word, 
because the two could overrule the third. 
One of these two was relatively weak, 
so one alone stood at the final peak. 
He was THE GREATER NUMBER of the pair 
which formed the roost parr of the three that 



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: the welfare of the greatest number, 
the people, everywhere the 'ent, 
tneir cost exactly what it meant 
dictated to by the majority. 
But mat meant nothing- they were the minority. 

he in. Crooks Copyright 1966, The MIT Press 



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s are Identifiable In the sofe'tal stratification, and comprehending - , new fbrras of power and exploitation 
exity of these categories is generality tfan^*** ‘aV'islng from withio^the o.ld -structures; at worst it 
to an ideology bv that sociology, which seek*': '. din serve only to. mystify, >n. so far as it conceals 

Apart from a few very elementary societies, numerous 
The compiexi 

formed into an ideology by that sociology 
to confuse and dilute fhe scaring reality of the class;, ^ 
struggle into a multepLic 4 ty of min 6 r conflicts in no 
way contradictory to the perpetuation, of the system. 

These sociological schemes are an idqpiogica i ref Lex- 
ion of the present tenderly of the .syif'fem fo' diffuse 
class antagonism by multiplying the 'feefcefacions in a. 
continuous gradation of e^pLoicac^b .and privilege.. • 

But even in a graded structure*is ‘ possible to . 

In the historical phases of transition, such as 
that we are now passing through, the two-claas scheme 
becomes useless in that it prevents us froiro seeing 

the reality of class conflict between the two social 
groups competing for power. 

In arrive .at & fundemental representation 
, ojE -these Periods of d y n a. m. i s m it is essential 
to see;, the iconflict as between three classes Sighting • 
Wne another at, one andr.ttm same time i.e. the dominated ' 

. .plass. 'the ddroinating, class end a class on the way up. 
,Thus we.-are ah lie to identify the two forms of class 

identify the class struggle with, i^V essential features ' struggle ..which Coexists i. two forms with opposed 
as regards a revolutionary: program *nd ar^ivsis. It historical significance^ however many occasional links 

efficient to recognize at the summit and baf^-of tne . 
ial pyramid tho*e£#Us$f!> th^dppdsition 'to one . 
ther in which racoeni'ie those: categories with 





another in which we rfeogni'Ze ttyos*'categories 
equivalent functions, in the ^ocial. division of labour. 

Thus, for example, w#rrpuld: T ? 5 impiif/ our mode of 
interpretation to a h^lat^Siystem‘ in which we would 
see, in isolation witiv*re^pect tc$;a-.more complex social, 
reality, the i r re cone 1 liable antagonism, between t .w p . 
poles of class presumed to be fundementaL. This 
bipolar scheme certainly ha's a basis In reality,* how- . 

ever partial an interpretation it might be, aqd i*4.-a 
useful instrument above all for Jth.e identification of 
amouthpie re-for the tonary. movement/ ‘ ‘ 

, le. the class, (or group of classes) which uhde.rgoes 
domination end exploitation, but its theoretical and... 
nractica .1 limitations, must be clearly' borne in mind..' !i ' 

, " , .! •/.'», . ‘ ’ 

One of its limicLfc'ioiis 'is that ,• i^aippI.icAH'e only., 
to relatively s t a tik.c social systems exam¬ 

ple nineteenth century., capitalism *ahd perhapsRussian r t‘‘ 
style state s o c Va l i %' m: ’ Tn f suen systems'- 
the bipolar conflict singled out is the.dpmimdnt on*,. , { .' 
as it refers to the dominant mode of product;!, on, and- 
the middle class in particular is just an'inert did- . 

phragm between the Zv6 Antagonistic classes *rid,:ls i '• 

not, wholly or in part,.' an agent of . social and $c,onoroie . 
tran&formation i.e. seen as a. class in itself, st'ruggi^^*• 

there may be between the typ. 

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/Gruppi Anarchtcl Federate i; March i0 7 6-* 

Also available on .loan from the Anarchist Pamphlet- 
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